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The modern economy: 1946 to present

Gold and the Bank of England

Today, we store gold for the UK Treasury, foreign governments and central banks around the world. In this part of the museum you can learn all about our collection of historical gold bars, some surviving from Roman times, and discover the incredible properties of gold that have made it so prized.

Today’s banknotes

Today’s banknotes are not just slips of paper – they are underpinned by advanced technology. Modern banknotes have security features which make them extremely hard for counterfeiters to copy, so that you can trust the value of the Bank of England notes in your pocket.

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